Please forward this error screen to 185. This site contains the Principles, Standards, Components of Quality and Signposts for Reflection which make up the main body of Síolta. The site has been designed to support your engagement with the Framework and may be used by you as an individual practitioner, in working with colleagues in your setting and also scheme support of children of early age a support for networking with other professional colleagues who work with young children from birth to six years.
Scheme provides early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. From September 2016, children are eligible for the ECCE scheme if they are aged over 3 years and not older than 5 and a half years. The State pays a capitation fee to participating playschools and daycare services. This is an increase in the number of weeks than previously available on the ECCE scheme. Children will only be able to enroll in pre-school in September. There will no longer be entry points in January and April.
If your child is over the eligibility age requirement due to special needs they may be able to get an exemption from the upper age limit for the ECCE Scheme. There are no exemptions to the lower age limit. How the ECCE scheme is provided The pattern of hours of free pre-school education depends on the type of service that your child attends and the weekly pattern that the service operates. The various types of service are described in our document on childcare options. Montessori or parent and toddler group, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, over the school year. If your child attends for more than 3 hours, you will be charged for the extra time.
If your child’s sessional service cannot open for 5 days a week, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours and 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week, over the school year. This only applies to services which have already been granted permission to run their service over the school year. If your child attends a full-time or part-time daycare service, the normal pattern for the free pre-school year is 3 hours per day over the school year. If your child attends for longer than this each day, you will be charged for the extra time. Content and quality of service Childcare services taking part in the ECCE scheme must provide an appropriate pre-school educational programme which adheres to the principles of Síolta, the national framework for early years care and education.
There is further information on the ECCE scheme on the website of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 15 June 2016 for children starting ECCE in September 2016. AIM supports a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school provider. The model will offer tailored, practical supports based on need. 3 of the model involve a suite of universal supports which are designed to promote and support an inclusive culture within pre-school settings by means of educational and capacity-building initiatives for providers and practitioners.